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The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is a union representing about 1,500 faculty members and 50 librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario in London.

UWOFA negotiates collective agreements, advises members on employment matters, handles workplace disputes and grievances, and advances the professional interests of faculty members, academic librarians and archivists.

In the broader community, UWOFA representatives meet with provincial and federal politicians to ensure members' voices are heard and reflected in education and labour policy decisions. As well, UWOFA strives to engage members and citizens through awareness campaigns regarding post-secondary education during general membership meetings, community events, contact with journalists, and town hall discussions.

 

Board Member Spotlight: Nigmendra Narain

Nigmendra Narain is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science. He is a recipient of the 2006 Angela Armitt Teaching Award, was named 2016 Professor of the Year by the Undergraduate Political Science Association, and is the recipient of the 2017 Residence Life Teaching Award of Excellence. He does extensive outreach with student organizations and is involved in numerous student-focused activities.

Like many, Nigmendra seeks to find opportunities to improve pedagogy, working conditions, and the student experience as his focus is on teaching and student engagement. In particular, he seeks to understand the role, challenges and concerns that contract faculty face, and brings them to the Board of Directors and other UWOFA committees in order to better the work environment and educational experience for all at Western.

 

 

Announcing recipients of UWOFA Contract Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Contract Faculty Research and Professional Development funding for 2018.

Former UWOFA president elected OCUFA treasurer

Ann Bigelow, past president of UWOFA, has been elected treasurer of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA).

The slow march toward equity in the academy

Post-secondary institutions have claimed for decades that they are committed to equity and diversity, but their principled stand still falls short. There is progress for women, and more Aboriginal and racialized academics are working in our universities and colleges, but institutions are progressing slowly: too slowly according to a new Education Review released by CAUT.

UWOFA Advocacy During the Western Libraries Re-organization

The re-organization of Western Libraries took effect on May 1. The planning for the re-organization has been ongoing for several years. UWOFA has been concerned with protecting the interests of its librarian and archivist members at each stage of the process. Representatives from UWOFA and the administration met several times in the summer of 2017 to ensure that the changes being proposed aligned with, and did not contravene, provisions in the Librarians and Archivists Collective Agreement. The outcome was the creation of the Letter of Understanding - Organizational Renewal Initiative which is now part of the Librarians and Archivists Collective Agreement.